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IN BRIEF

PASSAGE

Psalm 90

THEME

God’s nature

SETTING

The universe All of which is created by God.

KEY FIGURES

Moses God’s servant, to whom Psalm 90 is attributed.

Unlike any other ancient Near Eastern religion, the Israelite one had no family tree of the divine or account of how God came into being. The first verse of the Bible simply assumes God as creator of the world, a source of being beyond whom there is no other: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

Psalm 90—which the Bible attributes to “Moses the man of God”—picks up this concept: “Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the earth and the world, from ...

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